Bonnie Blue Crouse
  • Winston Salem, NC
  • United States
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
yes
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Stumbled onto a trio playing them at Tamarack.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Greg & Tish Westman. It is made from curly ambrosia maple. It is beautiful, but it wouldn't matter what it looked like if the sound wasn't sweet, too. It has that wonderful, haunting bowed psaltery sound that I just love. People refer to the effect as "ringing strings" because the sound continues after you lift the bow. The Westmans make terrific instruments.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
4-plus years of fooling around with it
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
I played in the 2011 Bowed Psaltery Symphony. That was at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia. I had tons of fun and got hooked, and have returned for subsequent symphony workshops. Other than that, I just solo with my own made up music and try to master one new song at a time.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
No
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
No, but I've turned a few people on to it.
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Someone asked me to join.

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At 3:59pm on October 8, 2017, JO said…
Like you, I enjoy the sound. It was nice to receive your comment.
At 7:48pm on October 5, 2017, JO said…
Thank you, im just starting
At 5:34pm on October 5, 2017, Catherine moore said…
Thank you!
At 1:22pm on March 29, 2017, Jeanne Thomas said…

Thank you for the welcome, Bonnie!  I'm having a good challenge learning the notes for each string at this phase!

At 8:50am on March 20, 2017, Amy Gavin-Zachek said…

Hi, 

Thanks for the welcome.   I just printed my first tab of the month.  I really like the notes being named. It should make it so much easier to play since my site reading is slow.  

At 6:04am on February 10, 2017, David Perkins said…

Hi Bonnie

I just got an alto psaltery from James Jones.  Just need to learn to play it!

Dave

At 8:49pm on January 19, 2017, Jim Yates said…

Thank you Bonnie.  I have not been here for a long time, but an email about an unwelcome visitor reminded me about this site.  I will have to make some contributions.
My sister-in-law, Linda was playing my wife, Maggie's psaltery at a family reunion and fell in love with it.  My brother, Gary, got out his tools about a decade ago and Linda is now a psaltery player.

At 4:58pm on January 2, 2017, Pam Snyder said…

Thanks for the welcome. I have wanted a psaltry for so long and my husband finally got the message this christmas. Looking forward to learning the instrument. love the sound!  The only musical background I have are piano lessons 45 + years ago. This will be a challange!

At 11:04am on December 13, 2016, Mary Clare said…

Thanks very much for the kind welcome! :)

At 6:55am on December 10, 2016, Deborah Hart said…

Thank you Bonnie.Can you recommend a good music book for the psaltery, other than the one that came with my Unicorn Strings psaltery?I love gospel, folk and Celtic tunes.I am no musician! The simpler the better for this. Old girl.

 
 
 

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby

http://www.springcreekpsalteries.com/

330-323-0618

From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos

765-468-7387

http://fromthewoodsinstruments.com/

to see his work visit

http://shop.indianaartisan.org/collections/musical-instruments

Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms

http://www.wayniepsaltery.com/

 

Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata

http://www.prairiepsaltery.com/

 

Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

http://www.loonsongpsalteries.com/

 

New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels

http://www.newtraditionsdulcimers.com/index.html

 

Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  

http://www.davespsaltery.com/

 

Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman
http://www.westmaninstruments.com

Ringing Strings - Rick Long
http://ringingstrings.com

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
http://www.michaeljking.com/psalterymaking.htm

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

James Jones Instruments
http://www.jamesjonesinstruments.com/bowedpsaltery/bowedpsaltery.html

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer
http://www.omegastrings.com/

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
http://masterworksok.com/

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
Contact Paul at
 pgsykes1@hotmail.com

or call him at

601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings
greggschneeman@psalterystrings.com

 

Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments
408-867-4324
ptommerup@juno.com

 

Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
347-796-4484
Skype name celesteray88

 

Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
309-828-7957
dulcimergal98@yahoo.com
http://www.dulcimerdreams.com/

 

Dona Benkert -
Illinois

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247
http://www.folk-lorecenter.com/

Tish Westman - West Virginia
Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
Sunday "Jam" 3:30 to 6:00. All instruments welcome, play mostly Old Time, Celtic & Gospel Music, not opposed to trying any tune called, once did a rap on Bowed Psalteries.
1-304-575-0998
tishwestman@yahoo.com
www.westmaninstruments.com

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026
http://www.ringingstrings.com/lessons.html

Karla Armstrong - Pennsylvania
Karla plays a variety of instruments and does workshops as well. Please visit her web site for additional information or contact her via the web site or the information below.
(717) 632-8099
karlaarms@upontheharp.com
http://upontheharp.com

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.
606-676-0128
esch@qx.net
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
e-mail Honey for more info honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL
http://www.offthewalls.us/Psaltery.htm

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Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.

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